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Gerald J. Drumm

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Drumm, Gerald J. REXFORD On February 4, 2013, Gerald J. Drumm, 81, entered peacefully into eternal life while visiting family in Chicago. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born in Dublin, Ireland on May 31, 1931, he was the son of the late Dr. James and Mary Drumm. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. Casey Drumm whom he married in 1965 in Milwaukee, Wis. Gerald was educated in Dublin and graduated in 1953 from University College Dublin with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He began his career working for the Swiss company of Brown Boveri, in Baden, Switzerland. Gerald joined the General Electric Company (GE) in Schenectady in 1969. Throughout his career at GE, he held various management positions in design and application engineering of gas turbines and compressors. During the seventies, he was a key designer of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. While in Schenectady, he was an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served a year as chairman of the Hudson-Mohawk Section. In 1979 Gerald and his family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio as he pursued his career in the Marine and Industrial Division of GE in Evandale, Ohio. Returning to Schenectady in 1992, Gerald finished out his career in GE Power Systems. He retired in 1996 but had such a passion for his work that a year later he returned to Power Systems to work part-time until 2004. Gerald was a GE Elfun. In addition to his wife, Kathleen, he is survived by their two children, Nicole (Bryce) Bulman of Chicago and Rob of Jacksonville, Fla. He is dearly missed by his five grandchildren, Elise Bulman, Sophia Bulman, Gavin Bulman, Alexis Drumm and Ethan Drumm; and by Gerald's older brother, John Drumm of London, England. On February 16, 2013 a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Gerald in Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral by Monsignor Daniel Mayall. In attendance were may friends and relatives of Gerald and his family who came to pay tribute to a man whom each felt better off for having known. He was buried in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Chicago. He is dearly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 2216 Rosa Road, Schenectady NY 12309.
Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 26, 2013
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